Today, I wanted to share with you about thinking outside the box and looking for inexpensive ways to add fun decor to your home. More specifically, let’s focus on using something we don’t normally think to use as a pillow cover: placemats!
So, the other day, I was perusing the clearance aisles at Target, and saw these lovely placemats on clearance for a little over $1. I grabbed two, knowing exactly what I wanted to do with them….turn them into a pillow cover!
This project was one of the easiest, quickest projects I’ve ever done! Literally, it took 10 minutes from start to finish to make this cover (well, at least after my big mistake, which I’ll explain below)!
Now, I truly hesitate to share with you my stupid mistake, but I want to be totally real with you on my blog, mistakes and all. So here’s what I did wrong, and then I’ll share with you the correct way to do it. Lol.
Here’s what you don’t do…On the fringe sides, DON’T pin and sew the right sides together. Because as you’ll see in the pic below, the pretty fringe detail will end up being on the inside of the pillow!
Total bummer, to say the least. Thankfully, my seam ripper came in handy and was great at quickly ripping the seams out!
After that obvious, big no-no, here’s how I did it, the correct way…
First, I pinned the top, long-sides together, with the right-sides facing together. Then, I sewed that side together.
Yes, I know, that seam is not exactly lined up, but you can’t tell once it’s on the pillow insert. So there. 😉
Second, I turned it right-side out and pinned the “fringe” sides together and then sewed.
Lastly, because I change my pillow covers out so much, I normally don’t even touch the bottom seam….I leave it open, like this…
Once the bottom of the cover is “tucked in” on the couch, there’s no need to even worry about sewing the bottom! And hopefully, my guests are cool with it, too. 🙂
I love how this pillow cover pulls out the blues in the quilt and on the pillow cover behind it. And look, you can’t even tell that ANY of these pillow covers are unfinished on the bottom! Score!
Seriously, this project was so easy, I’m totally doing this again! And the best part? It only cost me $4!!!!
So when it’s time for you to shop for pillow covers, try to think outside the box. Shop around the clearance aisles and use something unexpected!
What was your latest project that was unique and different? I’d love to hear about it! Comment below, or stop by and say hey on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, HomeTalk and Facebook! It always makes my day to hear from my sweet readers!
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